Andrew Cancio’s holiday season just got even worse. Golden Boy Promotions has released the former WBA champion after his upset loss to Rene Alvarado this past Saturday, citing critical comments Cancio had made shortly before the defeat.
“I don’t know,” he said of the perceived lack of respect. “Maybe because I haven’t been on big cards yet, or the exposure I need to get. I sell out Fantasy Springs, but I would like Golden Boy to move me around to different spots so I can get a bigger fan base. I’m not the promoter. I don’t know how to go about that. I’m just the fighter who wants to make money for my family. I just have to keep winning and move forward to get big fights and big money so I can step aside from the gas company a little bit.”
“I just want to be treated as a world champion and not just some guy who got lucky,” said Cancio. “I didn’t get lucky. I worked my butt off to get here. I don’t want to be working, and fighting, my entire career. I want to focus on boxing. In order to do that, I need to make the big money in bigger venues. Maybe they’ll put me on a Jaime Munguia undercard one day.”
Cancio’s (21-5-2, 16 KO) manager, Ray Chaparro, claims GBP matchmaker Robert Diaz said the promotion was “tired of fighters talking about [them].” Luckily, he also says that there’s “a lot of interest” from other promoters and that his charge intends to get back in the ring early next year.
It’s yet another setback for Cancio, who’d roared back from obscurity with a pair of decisive knockouts over Alberto Machado. He’d already had to deal with sharing a timeslot with Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz II before Alvarado ended one of boxing’s feel-good stories of the year. Best of luck, man; if anyone’s earned a break, it’s you.